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Posted: 11/2/2009 6:59:30 PM EDT
I flew out to SAC a few days ago (Oct 31) since I'd not been, and it was a beautiful day.

It's hard to take pictures there...  there's just not good lighting & not good space - the hangers are fairly well packed.

WELL worth the trip, though.

Advantages of being an adult include: Being able to rent a plane, fly to Omaha, rent a car, and drive to the SAC museum.
http://photos.sevarg.net/russ/albums/sacmuseum/DSCF3104_2.sized.jpg

8 engines worth of gauges.
http://photos.sevarg.net/russ/albums/sacmuseum/DSCF3111.sized.jpg

B-36 engine and prop.  That is a truly awesome airplane.
http://photos.sevarg.net/russ/albums/sacmuseum/DSCF3114.sized.jpg

Half of the "4 burning" part of "6 turning and 4 burning"
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The SR-71, even on static display, still leaks (left side)
http://photos.sevarg.net/russ/albums/sacmuseum/DSCF3106.sized.jpg

You can see the B-36 in the back.  It's absolutely as huge as it looks.  And the U2 in the foreground is actually a quite small aircraft.
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B-36 bomb bay.  It's HUGE.  Apparently, nukes tend to be large.
http://photos.sevarg.net/russ/albums/sacmuseum/DSCF3112.sized.jpg

Copying from the B-29, the B-36 has a pressurized tunnel from the front to the back through the bomb bay.
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Huge...
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More of the rather tiny U2
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B1
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SR-71 main landing gear
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Afterburner end of an SR-71 J58
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Control valves on said J58
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Variable stator vane control system
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B-52 bomb bay
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Assorted engine internals
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Link Posted: 11/2/2009 7:18:58 PM EDT
[#1]
Where is that museum?
Link Posted: 11/2/2009 7:24:21 PM EDT
[#2]
Great pictures!!  More!
Link Posted: 11/2/2009 7:26:17 PM EDT
[#3]
very cool indeed.  If you have the time you need to hop on out to Dayton, Ohio to the "museum of the United States Air Force".  Lighting isn't much better than the SAC museum, probably worse, but the quantity of aircraft there is probably only second to the Smithsonian.  They also have the presidential aircraft on display as well.  Worth the trip.

Indy
Link Posted: 11/2/2009 7:51:58 PM EDT
[#4]
As an old SAC warrior, that was awesome! I got to guard an SR-71 at RAF Greenham-Common in 1983 after the Air Tatto that year.
Link Posted: 11/2/2009 9:54:11 PM EDT
[#5]
Quoted:
As an old SAC warrior, that was awesome! I got to guard an SR-71 at RAF Greenham-Common in 1983 after the Air Tatto that year.


LOL.  Was that the year they (blackbird) buzzed the greenham womens anti-war protest  camp when they departed?
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 6:31:36 AM EDT
[#6]
Quoted:
Where is that museum?


Ashland Nebraska, half way between Omaha and Lincoln.  It was at Offutt AFB forever, but they built the new faculity and put almost everything inside.  It's a great museum.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 7:47:13 AM EDT
[#7]
Quoted:
Great pictures!!  More!


Sadly, there's not that many more.  I forgot my flash for my nice 35mm film camera, and my little digital one had a hard time with the lighting, not to mention a lack of good angles.

It's WELL worth the trip, though.

I just wish there were a closer airfield to it.  I ended up flying to Eppley in Omaha & renting a car to get the rest of the way.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 7:54:54 AM EDT
[#8]
Quoted:
Quoted:
Great pictures!!  More!


Sadly, there's not that many more.  I forgot my flash for my nice 35mm film camera, and my little digital one had a hard time with the lighting, not to mention a lack of good angles.

It's WELL worth the trip, though.

I just wish there were a closer airfield to it.  I ended up flying to Eppley in Omaha & renting a car to get the rest of the way.


Millard airport isn't a bad field and would have saved you about 15 miles of driving, but yeah the Ashland area is short on public use fields.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 11:09:40 AM EDT
[#9]
Nice shots!  Thanks for posting them.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 12:42:25 PM EDT
[#10]
Quoted:
Millard airport isn't a bad field and would have saved you about 15 miles of driving, but yeah the Ashland area is short on public use fields.


Millard didn't seem to have much in the line of easily available transportation.  I was able to rent a car from Eppley for not terribly much, and I saw nothing listed at Millard.  I was there long enough that taking a crew car wouldn't have been nice.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 1:02:01 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 11/3/2009 9:02:28 PM EDT
[#12]
Note to everyone! They have RV/big truck parking there. The bookstore,while not as good as WPAFM,has some good books. Got a BIG book on the B-36,the fiancee(ex)knew what I bought,as she checked the bank balance that day.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 9:23:08 PM EDT
[#13]
And a camo F-86?

In the back, at right.

Link Posted: 11/3/2009 11:29:29 PM EDT
[#14]
Thanks for giving me a destination to fly to, even if i have to rent a car.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 12:41:45 AM EDT
[#15]
That's a great post............thanks for sharing!!   Especially the B-36 stuff, since Dad was a mechanic on them while he was in, 1950-1954.    

He use to tell how cold it was working on them out in Rapid City SD, and there was always a  LOT of work they needed.   But one thing he always mentioned with his outfit was PRIDE.    He use to say how damn cold it was at times, but you still went out there and "timed mags" or whatever the beast needed.    He said the worst thing that ever happened was preparing a bomber for a flight, the plane would taxi out and do its run-up, and then taxi back in with a problem.   That always really bugged the shit out of him since they were such a proud outfit, and took that personally the failure of the flight.............so, they suited back up and went back to work.

He was really proud to have served with SAC.  

Thanks again for the awesome pics.  

vmax84
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